At EES we encourage our students to be present at school everyday. It is important for students to be at school to learn new material, reinforce skills, and maintain consistency with learning. We understand, though, that sometimes students must miss a day of school due to unforseen circumstances or illness. When this occurs, you MUST send a note to school when your child returns stating the reason for the absence within two school days or the absence is automatically classified as unlawful. Students who are absent from school have the responsibility to request make up work within two days of their return.

Absences considered lawful and therefore excused, as described in the Public School Laws and Code of Bylaws of the Maryland State Board of Education, are:

  • Illness of the student (doctor’s verification may be required)
  • Death in the immediate family
  • Court summons
  • Hazardous weather condition
  • Work or activity accepted by the school authorities
  • Observance of religious holiday
  • State emergency
  • Suspension
  • Health exclusion
  • Other emergency (judgment of Superintendent or designee)


Students who take trips with their parents may be excused no more than twice during a year for a combined maximum of five days.

Students with more than five unlawful absences in any 9‑week grading period will automatically fail for that grading period. When a student has reached three days or classes of ­unlawful absences in any marking period, the principal will mail a ­letter to the parents or guardians alerting them to the impending failure.

Students with excessive absences may be required to present a doctor’s ­verification for each day absent for illness for the remainder of the year.

A student is counted present for a full day if the student is in attendance four hours or more of the school day. A student is counted present for 1/2 day if in attendance for at least two hours of the school day, but less than four hours.